SUBURBIA LITE

 

"Did you forget to set your alarm again?"

"No, Mom, I just don't want to go. Can't I go to work with you again? I don't make any noise & I honestly probably learn more there than I do at school."

"Well, you'll want to go when you pay taxes, but no, honey, you can’t come to work with me. You've already missed enough school this year & I can't be going in front of the school board every semester or you'll never graduate."
"Why, exactly, would that be a bad thing? You didn't go to college either & you're rich."

"I've also been very fortunate. I don't want you to rely on luck, I want you to earn it outright. The world is a lot less forgiving now than it was even ten years ago."

"Well, I told you voting was stupid, but you didn't listen to me."

"You're a child, Jane, like I said, just wait until it’s your money."

"I know more than you do though…"

"What was that?"
"Nothing! Ugh! Can we just go already then? I want to get this over with."

"Let me grab my purse, I'll meet you in the car."

I don't slam doors often so I apologize that you’re meeting me in a moment where I am not at my best. Since we're outside already though, I can't give you a proper tour of the house like I should have but I'll do that later. We have time. You're not going anywhere.

Take a look at this neighborhood though. You might recognize it as every affluent suburb you've ever seen where condo towers & mansions run rampant. Maybe you've never seen one though so let's asses together. Here you'll see my mother's luxury sedan, complete with state of the art flood lights, memory seats, & even a car phone. So cool. You can't see me right now but I'm rolling my eyes. We're the last house before the cul-de-sac where, as you can see, every house looks the same. Slight tweaks in the shape of each frame but they're all bland, all familiar. Why yes, we do have the same car as two other houses on the block, how wonderful of you to notice! Sorry, I'm being an asshole & I shouldn't be. I know that I am very privileged to have all that I need; the security of my family & the community, but sometimes I don't feel very grateful. I know I should be & I know that I am but I don't feel like it’s enough. Why does everything suck to someone?